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    Misdiagnosed, bipolar?
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    sunshineangel posted:
    Four years ago I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and with very little progress. I have been on antidepressants and bipolar medications but they made me feel so bad and unlike myself that I was left feeling icky inside. After extensive and exhausting research I'm positive that I do not have bipolar disorder but instead I have adhd and have for years. Im upset that none of my doctors have considered this. My current psychiatrist ( I've seen for over a year) has said in her professional standpoint she cannot diagnose me with bipolar. I have brought up adhd and she wants to start Straterra, I have done the research and feel that I would better benefit from stimulants but she didnt seem to care what I thought. I have enough irritability on a daily basis and now im angry. Please anyone that can offer any help let me know.
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    momuv4girls responded:
    Hi Sunshineangel,

    As you probably have researched, ADHD is often a comorbid condition with bipolar, and its really important to have a skilled, experienced psychiatrist make a diagnosis.

    It sounds reasonable to try Straterra, and if the trial fails, then move onto a stimulant.

    Not sure if you are a male or female - but if you are a female, wondering if you had a full panel thyroid testing done?
    If not, then maybe this angle should be explored.....
    Here is a link:
    http://hypothyroidmom.com/mental-disorder-or-undiagnosed-hypothyroidism/

    This other link is about bipolar/adhd:
    http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/2511.html

    Hope you find some answers soon, and take care!
    -Kathleen


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